A Loss in the Wake Forest Family

Over the weekend I heard the sad news that Mike Farrell (P ’10), had passed away.  Mr. Farrell was not someone I knew personally, but every day as I come in to work I stop and look at the Farrell Hall construction site, and for a moment think about the generosity that he and his wife Mary showed to the University when they decided to make a transformational gift that would allow for the building of Farrell Hall, the building that will house our undergraduate and graduate Schools of Business.  Farrell Hall is scheduled to open in late July or early August 2013, and I feel very sad that Mr. Farrell will not be able to see it.

Mr. and Mrs. Farrell did not attend Wake Forest as students, but they were Wake Forest parents to son Michael (’10), and after his graduation decided to make a landmark gift.  Their story is beautifully chronicled in the Wake Forest Magazine article, “Honor Thy Father” by our Maria Henson (’82).

On behalf of the Parent Programs office, we want to express our deepest sympathy to the Farrells for their loss.  And to assure them that we will remember the Farrell family’s generosity and their Pro Humanitate spirit, which will live on in Farrell Hall and beyond.

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